Focus On Goals and Retain Employees With Viva Goals

Happy employees are more productive - this is especially true if they find their work meaningful. Viva Goals combines meaningfulness and business goals with efficiency and optimized processes. This is how you sustainably improve the employee experience.

Aligning Company Goals + Employee Goals = More Success

Aligning company goals with employee goals is the secret sauce to unlock success (and prevent employees from googling "How to quit your job"). According to Microsoft's Work Trend Index, a whopping 40% of employees have the itch to leave, while skilled workers are as rare as a unicorn in a suit. So, to keep employees happy and satisfied, companies need to help them realize their potential and find meaning in their jobs—because let's face it, no one wants to feel like a potted plant at work.

But here's the catch: employees want goals that they can understand and measure, like counting the number of coffee cups they down during meetings. In fact, a staggering 70% of folks surveyed worldwide want their pay to be based on their working hours and influence on achieving goals. It turns out employees are a mischievous bunch who actually care about the company's success and want to make a difference (who would've thought?).

So, here's the scoop for companies: if you align your strategic planning with employee goals and inspire them along the way, success becomes a team effort. It's like finding out your favorite Netflix series is getting renewed for another season—you're all in! When employees understand and embrace the company's goals as their own personal challenges, magic happens. And by magic, we mean a boost in motivation, productivity, and maybe even a spontaneous office dance party.

But hold your horses! Achieving this kind of harmony requires ongoing effort, like your attempts to keep office plants alive. Employee feedback and criticism are as essential as your morning coffee, and adapting to ever-changing conditions is a must. Flexibility is key, people!

Viva Goals makes it easy!

That's where Microsoft's Viva Goals swoops in like a goal-setting superhero (minus the spandex). It's a nifty part of the Viva employee experience platform that helps companies define, manage, and improve their goals. Microsoft calls it an efficient solution, and we tend to agree (they didn't bribe us with free Office supplies, we promise). Viva Goals puts Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) at the heart of the action. OKRs are like the power couple of goal management—they define ambitious objectives and measurable key results, like getting that promotion or finally mastering the art of multitasking.

Viva Goals integrates OKRs seamlessly throughout your company's operations, from Microsoft Teams to other apps in the Microsoft 365 universe. It's like having your goals whispering sweet nothings in your ear wherever you go. The benefits are as abundant as the office snacks on Free Donut Friday:

Employees win big-time

For employees, it's a win-win. They find joy and purpose in their work because their goals align with the company's grand plan. They get a fair shake with compensation based on their self-set milestones. Plus, transparent and achievable goals make the daily grind feel less grindy. Decision-making becomes faster and more transparent than ever before (no more secret meetings in the supply closet).

For companies, it's like unlocking a treasure trove of awesomeness. You get to know your employees' goals and needs, which in turn become part of your grand plan. Company goals seamlessly integrate into everyday work, making prioritization a breeze. Efficiency skyrockets, and teams can tackle goals like a synchronized swimming team. With Viva Goals, employees are happier, more motivated, and less likely to search for new jobs during their lunch break.

And here's the icing on the cake: Viva Goals helps you embrace the agility of a squirrel dodging traffic. In a rapidly changing world, being flexible is as important as remembering to breathe. With Viva Goals, you can dynamically adjust goals whenever needed, making those rigid, long-cycle business strategies as outdated as fax machines.

So, get ready to boost competitiveness

Brett Knowles

Brett Knowles is a thought leader in the Strategy Execution space for high-tech organizations. His client work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fortune, and many other business publications.

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